This year’s Symposium was once again held in the elegant Hudson Lofts. The stylish and spacious surroundings set the stage for an inspiring day of geophysical case studies and innovative presentations and discussion. Eight speakers covered topics as diverse as azimuthal anisotropy prediction (Eric Keyser, Modern Resources) and multi-scale data integration for shale completion optimization (Pippa Murphy, Velvet Energy) to machine learning (Ana Kreuger, Bluware) and futuristic developments (Rob Stewart, University of Houston). Every year, a prominent Canadian geophysicist is honoured and the theme of the event reflects the contribution and influence of the Honouree. “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” was the 2019 theme, and the “Giant” Honouree was the late Dr. Roy Lindseth.
Dr. Lindseth’s influence spans across the geoscience discipline and the globe. He was an early innovator and contributor to many of the geophysical techniques and processes that shape the way we do our jobs today, whether we acquire, process or interpret seismic data, in Canada or internationally. He was also widely recognized and respected for his work and business relationships. Please go the Symposium website (https://cseg.ca/symposium/honouree.php) for a more complete description of Roy and his legacy. We were very grateful that Roy’s close friend Laura Baird and his son Richard Lindseth were able to attend and participate in the Symposium on Roy’s behalf. A tribute to Roy, in a technical context, was delivered by Brian Russell (CGG) linking several of Roy’s inventions and achievements to current technologies.
Along with a program packed with geoscience presentations, the luncheon provided the opportunity for a keynote presentation by Dr. Susan Eaton. Susan shared her incredible experiences pushing scientific and geographic boundaries in the Arctic and Antarctic, with stunning pictures and inspirational stories. Incidentally, Susan had a direct connection with Roy Lindseth, having worked for him at his processing company, Teknica Resources.
Following the keynote speaker, the CSEG awards ceremony, hosted by John Duhault, provided a platform to celebrate, honour and thank the awards recipients for their contributions and service to the society. A full list of CSEG awards and awards recipients can be found on the CSEG website (https://cseg.ca/members/awards).
The day wrapped up with some heartfelt personal stories and comments by Laura Baird about her friend and colleague Roy Lindseth, followed by a chance for delegates, speakers, sponsors, committee and guests to mingle and network informally over beverages and snacks at a reception sponsored by Explor Geophysical.
Of course, an event as distinctive as the CSEG Symposium would not be possible without volunteers and the generous support of sponsors. The dedicated committee starts working on the next event the day after the previous one ends! Things that went well are celebrated; things that didn’t go so well are scrutinized, analyzed and flagged for future improvement with the best of intentions. Sponsors of course are critical to the execution and success of the Symposium. Sponsorship opportunities are available for a variety of options, from registration to coffee to presentation sessions. 2019 sponsors were APEGA, Husky Energy, Jupiter Resources, Velvet Energy, WesternGeco, Explor Geophysical, Emerson, Sigma Explorations, Seisware, Sound QI Solutions and Bluware. If you want to be on this prestigious list next year, contact the CSEG office.
Speaking of next year, by the time you read this, the Honouree will have been chosen, the venue decided and the date booked for the 2020 Symposium. Watch your inbox for updates in CSEG newsletters and bookmark the Symposium website so you don’t miss any important deadlines. See you there!